"Local swimmers in Fleet Summer Championships" By Bob Button BCHS Swimming Coach

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Grace Gibbens in 200 backstroke.

   Four local athletes swam in the Fleet Summer Championships in Cypress last weekend.
   Eleven Houston-area teams competed in the prelim/final meet.  Scoring was through twenty places.
   Top five teams:
   1. Fleet – 9,381
   2. DADS – 5,396
   3. Blue Tide – 2,159
   4. Swim Houston – 1,799 ½
   5. Texas Elite – 1,455 ½
   Competition course was 50m, all distances in meters.
   Top twenty (scoring) swims for our ShAC swimmers:
   Julia Cook (13/14 Girls)
   400 freestyle – 2nd – 5:18.92
   800 freestyle – 3rd – 11:21.24
   400 individual medley – 3rd – 6:46.06
   200 freestyle – 8th – 2:36.81
   100 backstroke – 8th – 1:23.94
   200 individual medley – 9th – 3:01.63
   100 freestyle – 11th – 1:11.45
   200 backstroke 11th – 3:02.94
   50 freestyle – 16th - :33.52
   Grace Gibbens (15 & Over Girls)


"Spencer represents swim club at Texas Age Group Swimming Championships" By Bob Button BCHS Swimming Coach

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Oliver Spencer competes at TAGS Championships.

   Oliver Spencer (14) represented Swim Houston Aquatic Center (ShAC) last weekend at the Texas Age Group Swimming (TAGS) Championships in Arlington.  
   All distances in meters (50m course).  
   Scoring through 16 places.
   There are over 140 USA Swimming teams in Texas - 51 sent qualified athletes to this state championship meet.
   ShAC finished 16th out of those 51 teams.  
   We only make a small contribution to the ShAC program.  
   It’s a coach-owned club that took our kids on board and we gain so much from being part of that one-of-a-kind team.
   Spencer’s finishes:
   50 freestyle - 14th - :25.73
   100 freestyle - 16th - :56.29
   200 freestyle - 24th - 2:08.13

   Oliver was just a little off his times from last month’s San Antonio meet, but that’s up to me to figure out - he has done everything we asked of him this summer!


Amistad Park Splash Pad grand opening gave public first opportunity to experience its features

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City Parks & Recreation’s grand opening of the Amistad Splash featured lots of kids trying out the new features Friday, July 23 at the park. City officials said the 2,800-square-foot Splash Pad is the focal point of park outings this summer and fall.

   Bay City Parks Recreation hosted the grand opening of the Amistad Splash Pad on Friday, July 23 at the park.
   The grand opening ceremony was the public’s first opportunity to experience the splash pad.  
   Amistad Park is located at 1209 10th Street at the corner of 10th St. and Avenue C.
   The splash pad is operational from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
   The ceremony included light refreshments and an opportunity to be the first to try out the many amenities.
   The 2,800 square foot splash pad is the latest amenity at the park and is a focal point of park outings this summer and early fall.
   A start button is located at the entrance of the pad and needs to be pressed after four minutes to restart the water.
   Additional shade structures and tables will be installed later this summer.


"Tough times don’t deter Oilman’s commitment to its charities" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
An encased U.S. flag that flew over the Nation’s Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001 was an auction item at the Texas Oilman’s Charity Invitational Fishing Tournament last weekend. Holding the flag are three directors of TOICFT: from left, Ron Hartman, Tournament Chairman Chris Johnston, and Curtis Denison.

   There were about 500 people attending the Texas Oilman’s Charity Invitational Fishing Tournament (TOICFT) last weekend at Matagorda Harbor.
   That many people is a major boost to the Matagorda economy – some local folks call it the fifth holiday.
   While that number is down from previous years, it sure beats no tournament in 2020 because of the pandemic.
   “We’re suffering the same fate as the oil and gas industry has over a six-year decline,” Tournament Chairman Chris Johnston said in an interview, with directors Curtis Denison and Ron Hartman.

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"Spencer has 4 top-8 finishes at meet" By Bob Button

   Bay City swimmer Oliver Spencer’s had four, top-eight finishes in the recent Aggieland Inviational at Texas A&M.
   BCHS Swim Coach Bob Button said 25 Houston-area teams attended.
   All of Spencer’s distances are in meters. 50 fly, 1st:29.26
50 back, 3rd:33.47
100 free, 3rd:57.60
200 i.m., 8th: 2:33.42
   “We trained through this meet, as Oliver’s championship competition is the age group state meet (TAGS) in Arlington,” Button said. 
   “He’s entered in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle events.
   There also were several local athletes racing in a meet in Cy-Fair last weekend, Button added. 


Friends of the Library preparing for return of ‘Library Mini Golf’

   The Friends of the Bay City Library are gearing up for the return of their “Library Mini Golf” fundraiser set for Saturday, Aug. 14. 
   Library Mini Golf will be held at the Bay City Public Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $5 per round of golf. 
   The library will be transformed into an 18-hole mini-golf course with greens winding through the stacks and rooms of the library. 
   A few new additions including local food trucks set up in the front parking lot this year. 
   All holes will be sponsored by local businesses and individuals. 
Currently, there are a few remaining holes left to be sponsored. 
   “This is such a fun and unique way to bring awareness of the library while raising funds to support it,” said Friends President Carol Teague. 


Van Vleck’s Klepac wins national rodeo finals

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Van Vleck 7th grader Kami Klepac recently competed in Des Moines, Iowa, and won National Junior High Finals Rodeo World Champion Barrel Racer 2021.


Local swimmers compete in San Antonio invitational

From BCHS Swimming
BCHS Swimmer Keegan Spencer is shown in his freestyle competition at the USA Swimming’s Southern Zone meet last weekend.

   Two local athletes swam in the George Block Invitational in San Antonio last weekend.
   Nearly 600 swimmers from seven teams in USA Swimming’s Southern Zone raced in the prelim/final meet.
   AAAA (San Antonio), BTA (Houston), COM (Midland), FINS (Baton Rouge), RACE (Dallas), ShAC (Houston), & WWAC (San Antonio).
   Top eight finishers in morning prelim sessions competed in finals. Competition course was 50m, all distances in meters.
   Competing for ShAC were Oliver Spencer (14) and Keegan Spencer (12), both of Bay City.
   Their top eight finishes:
   Oliver Spencer (13/14 Boys)
   50 freestyle – 1st – :25.70
   100 freestyle – 1st – :55.88
   200 freestyle – 1st – 2:04.68
   100 backstroke – 6th – 1:10.08
   200 backstroke – 7th – 2:34.15
   100 butterfly – 8th – 1:06.60
   100 breaststroke – 8th – 1:20.05
   200 individual medley – 8th – 2:28.26


Bay City swimming pools open for 2021 season

   The 2021 Swim Season is officially open at Bay City pools.  
   Hilliard Pool (3020 Le Tulle) will be open Tuesday - Friday, from noon – 6 p.m. and Saturday -Sunday from noon – 7 p.m.  
   Valiant (16th) Pool (2624 Carey Smith) will be open Tuesday - Friday from noon – 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from noon – 7 p.m.  
   Floats and arm floaties are not allowed.  
   The cost is $1 per child 17 and under and $2 per adult 18 & older.
   Season passes (individual - $40; family $100/family of 5) can be purchased.
   Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  
   Lap Swim will be Monday – Friday, from 5 – 7 p.m. at Valiant Pool.
   Lap swim is $1/day, or a monthly pass can be purchased for $10/month.  
   Buy a lap swim pass or season pass online at  


Game Warden Field Notes

     Dude, Where’s My Car?
A Bexar County game warden was patrolling Calaveras Creek by boat because the banks are closed to the public when they saw a person trespassing then hide in the mesquite brush.
   The warden called for backup and two additional wardens and a K-9 officer arrived to assist. After an exhaustive search, they were still trying to locate the subject. 
   One of the wardens continued navigating their vessel father north into the creek when they spotted someone walking on the other side.
   The subject was stopped and told he was trespassing. He said he didn’t have any fish or fishing gear and was walking back to the roadway where his van was parked. 
    The subject said his friend brought him to the property but had already left and was waiting at the van.
   The warden exited the vessel and walked along the subject’s path where they found an ice chest with six tilapia, one black bass and a cast net.


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